Redknapp blasts Wembley pitch

The controversial Wembley pitch has come under renewed scrutiny after Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp branded it a "disgrace".

Redknapp blasted the treacherous surface after players repeatedly slipped over during the 2-0 FA Cup semi-final defeat by Portsmouth.

The condition of the turf ultimately contributed to the result with defender Michael Dawson losing his footing as he attempted to prevent Frederic Piquionne from scoring.

Since the rebuilt Wembley was opened in 2007 the pitch has been problematic and has been relaid 10 times.

With the FA Cup final, Coca-Cola Championship play-off final and Saracens' rugby union match against Harlequins on Saturday to come before England's friendly against Mexico on May 24, it has become a pressing concern.

"The pitch is a disgrace, a disgrace. For any professional team to have to play football on that is farcical," Redknapp said.

"How can you play on a pitch you can't stand up on? You have to spend the whole time making sure you don't fall over.

"On Saturday (when Chelsea played Aston Villa) I saw goalkeepers trying to kick balls but fall over.

"That's how bad the pitch is, it's rock hard and wet on top. It's impossible to play on."

While Redknapp's criticism was fully justified, Spurs only had themselves to blame for failing to finish a host of chances, with Peter Crouch the worst offender.

They continue their pursuit of a Champions League place when they host Arsenal on Wednesday night and Redknapp can think of no better team to face in the circumstances than their north London rivals.

"We've got to try and get a fit team out for Wednesday night. We've got Arsenal and that's a massive game," he said.

"In my opinion I couldn't have asked for a better game. If I could choose a game it would be Arsenal at home.

"This wasn't ideal preparation that's for sure, but the players will have a rest now and we'll get ready to go again.

"With Manchester City winning this has been one of those days. This is a big blow and the mark is how you pick yourself up from these types of days."

Niko Kranjcar sustained an ankle injury and is a major doubt for Wednesday, while Wilson Palacios will miss the next two games after picking up his 10th booking of the season.

Ledley King (thigh) and Aaron Lennon (groin) are also doubtful to face the Gunners.

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